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NASA scientists, using the Spitzer Space Telescope, announced the discovery of the hottest extrasolar planet found to date

The NASA Spitzer Space Telescope recently discovered gas planet HD 149026b, the hottest planet ever discovered. University of Central Florida astronomers, led by Joseph Harrington, found that the planet is 3,700F, a temperature higher than many low-mass stars.

The planet is a “hot Jupiter,” meaning that it is a large gas giant that rotates closely around its star. HD 149026b is located in constellation Hercules, up to 279 light-years away from Earth. While similar in size to Saturn, it has a core that is 70 to 90 times the mass of Earth, and the planet is able to complete a full revolution around its star in 2.9 days.

The telescope was able to estimate the temperature on the planet by monitoring the decrease of infrared after the planet dips around its star. It is likely that HD 149026b does not spread its heat around the planet. “The day side is very hot, and the night side is probably much colder,” said Harrington.

"This planet is off the temperature scale that we expect for planets," said Drake Deming, co-author for the paper, and a researcher at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Along with being the hottest planet ever discovered, the planet does not reflect a high amount of starlight, instead absorbing it – meaning HD 149026b is also the blackest planet known.

Scientists are trying to create a climate map of a “typical” gas giant. The recent discovery will help scientists learn about dense, gas giants that are not located in Earth's solar system.

The findings are available in the May 9 edition of Nature.

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By RandallMoore on 5/11/2007 2:31:43 PM , Rating: -1
I love it how someone can make a calculation i.e. (a best guess) and throw it out there that they know an exact answer to questions about life and the universe. Not one person on this earth can say with any kind of certainty that they know how far away the stars and planets are. Let alone how hot they are. Let the flaming begin, I know there will be 1,000 responses defending their religion of science. I wonder what percentage of people on this site follow evolution as their faith. I guess we are about to find out.

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By Lord Evermore on 5/12/2007 2:36:15 AM , Rating: 2
So your post isn't a blatant flame of science believers? What's your point? Did anybody say "wow, God must not exist if this planet does"?

Science doesn't say they know for certain, it says the proponderance of evidence and the best research available shows that certain things appear to be true. It also acknowledges that at any time, new evidence could appear that alters the interpretation of previous evidence, or completely invalidates previous assumptions.

By definition, a calculation is not a best guess. It is a calculated estimate. It uses known quantities, things that aren't subject to interpretation like how far a meter is and how fast light travels and how powerful gravity is with a particular mass and distance, and builds on those to derive the most accurate result possible. Whenever possible, scientists also use a secondary method to verify their findings.

Religious zealots have no response to the simple statement that people who believe in science do so because there is evidence that they can see in front of their faces, that they can prove for themselves in unquestionable terms, which lends credence to science and to the theories which can't yet be proven conclusively but which have strong evidence behind them due to rigorous, long-term experimentation and research and observation, while religion has no concrete evidence of anything it purports to be Truth, and proposes that the very fact of certain things existing is evidence enough of divine power, and that such a leap of logic as "I don't understand it so God must have done it" is a rational statement.

That being said, damn that's a hot planet. How does it even still have any atmosphere?

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By DeltaZero on 5/12/2007 7:29:41 AM , Rating: 2
Regardless of that guy's remarks on science in general, I would not give too much credit to the numbers they give.
You know how physicists are, they build a theoretic model based on something they have never directly seen, under assumption that this behaves as a point mass and that has homogeneous inner structure, make more approximations and here you go - an exact estimate!

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By RandallMoore on 5/12/2007 1:08:56 PM , Rating: 1
Im not saying that all science is a bunch of crap. My point is we ( as in the human population ) have gotten so arrogant in our studies and brain power that we have to assume that we will one day know everything. Nothing on this world is 100% certain. If you think so, then you dont have a brain or pulse. Also we have seemed to come to the conclusion that if we study something and get enough positive results, we can go ahead and say that we have mastered that question. If a lot of people come together and say the same thing, it doesn't automatically make it right. That is why we wont be here much longer, and I can promise you at the end of the day, I dont have to have answers to explain why things are the way that they are. I trust that things will be restored back to perfect one day. Trust is another word for faith. All I can tell you is that we are doing a horrible job living on this planet. If you will take the time to notice, things are getting worse every day. Look back at the 1950's and compare it to today.

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By bubbacub616 on 5/13/2007 6:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
ahh - i love that "it was better in the old days" crutch. seriously are you trying to be a troll or are you being serious?

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By RandallMoore on 5/13/2007 7:42:50 PM , Rating: 2
You are blind beyond all reason if you think that things are not getting worse. And yes im being dead serious. You ask around about this. Before the late 70's, people didn't have to lock the doors on their homes and cars. People didn't come to school and cowardly murder 30 unarmed students.

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By rykerabel on 5/14/2007 1:00:43 PM , Rating: 2
Charles Manson, Al Capone, the Harp boys.

Yeah, insanity is a result of modern science.


Some people didn't lock doors back then because they were naive and had "faith". They still died.

School shootings have happened ever since both guns and public schools have existed.

Just because you don't know doesn't make it not true.

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By RipperRoo on 5/13/2007 10:21:38 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh yes, religous conservatives always miss the 1950s. Back when minorities were neither seen nor heard, and you could beat your wife without reproach. Miss those days, do ya?

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By RandallMoore on 5/14/2007 7:24:24 AM , Rating: 2
It's more than obvious that you cant be a christian on this site. I feel sorry for you all, i really do.

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By upenn123 on 5/14/2007 10:53:59 AM , Rating: 2
Please save us your condescension. It's Christians like you that give Catholics like me a bad name. Keep your faith in your heart where it belongs. No one needs to know how depressing your life is that the only thing you have going for you is waiting for the rapture to come and whisk you away. You can spend your time hating science and the world you live in. I on the other hand, have an organic chemistry exam to go study for. Good Luck.

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By RandallMoore on 5/14/2007 11:11:36 AM , Rating: 2
The job of a Christian is to obey God and bring others to him. You need to read the bible. Like I said above, go watch the Kent Hovind movies and you will see where I am coming from. Until then, dont tell me to do anything. If you are a true Christian you will see what I am trying to say. Go watch the movies, then come back and comment. Until then, you are just trying to start an argument.

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By LatinMessiah on 5/14/2007 1:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
Go watch the movies

That sounds like a lazy man's religion.

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By RandallMoore on 5/14/2007 2:15:37 PM , Rating: 2
Well excuse me sir if the bible and a preacher are more knowledgeable and resourceful than myself. I am so embarrassed. ( sarcasm disengaged ) It is not a surprise at all that no one is speaking in my defense. I am not here to argue, im just here to inform. I've done my job. Good day and good life to all.

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